What’s going on with your school recess? If the usual games of soccer and tetherball are boring you already, let’s try something new. The library has some fun books that teach you different hand clap rhymes, jump rope songs and ball bounce chants. Here are some of our favorites!
HAND CLAP RHYME
Do you know how to hand clap? Face your partner and follow this basic pattern: clap your own hands together; clap both your hands against your partner’s hands; clap your own hands again; clap your partner’s right hand with your right hand; clap your own hands together; and clap your partner’s left hand with your left hand. Repeat!
MISS MARY MACK
Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack,
All Dressed in black, black, black,
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons,
All down her back, back, back.
She went upstairs to make her bed,
She made a mistake and bumped her head;
She went downstairs to wash the dishes,
She made a mistake and washed her wishes;
She went outside to hang her clothes,
She made a mistake and hung her nose.
*excerpt from Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes by Joanna Cole & Stephanie Calmenson
JUMP ROPE RHYME
All you need to try this jump rope rhyme is a jump rope and some fun friends. Jump individually, or use a long jump rope, having two friends hold each end while you jump in the middle.
Cinderella, dressed in yellow
went upstairs to kiss a ‘fella
made a mistake
and kissed a snake
how many doctors
did it take?
[count until someone messes up]
Hand Clap! Miss Mary Mack and 42 Other Hand-Clapping Games
by Sara Bernstein
12 year old Sara Bernstein has assembled dozens of popular hand-clapping rhymes- each one kid-tested in playgrounds across the country.
Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes
By Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson; illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
A collection of rhymes used in street games remembered from the compilers’ childhoods and those of their friends. Includes basic instructions for the activities
Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
Compiled by Joanna Cole; illustrated by Alan Tiegren
An illustrated collection of jump rope rhymes arranged according to the type of jumping they are meant to accompany
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